27 Spanish Sayings to Express Yourself Like a Native Speaker | FluentU Spanish Blog (2023)

27 Spanish Sayings to Express Yourself Like a Native Speaker | FluentU Spanish Blog (1)

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Learning a language will never be complete without diving into the wonderful world of sayings. And in Spanish, we’ve got plenty of colorful and insightful ones.

Sayings are a culture’s way of passing distilled wisdom to the next generation. They reflect where a culture has been and allow the inquiring language learner a deeper appreciation of the language.

Andbeyond the moral and cultural lessons taught, sayings are perfectly structuredinsights and are therefore a great way to learn new vocabularyand Spanish grammar.

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Spanish Sayings You Need to Know

1. Año nuevo, vida nueva — New year, new me

Literally: New year, new life

As in English, this Spanish saying is mostly used around the new year.

“Año nuevo, vida nueva” is a great example of how the different parts of speech in Spanish must agree with each other in gender and number.

“New” is used in both its male singular form (nuevo) and the female form (nueva).

Since añois masculine, the adjective that describes it is masculine too. Since vida is feminine, the adjective is feminine.

2. A cada cerdo le llega su San Martín — You reap what you sow

Literally: Every pig has her Saint Martin

November 11 is the feast of St. Martin of Tours—a traditional slaughter of pigs that happens in different villages in Spain.

Also known as La Matanza” (the slaughter), this time of the year is perfect for curing meat as the first frost arrives. A family would kill one to three pigs to store enough food for the winter.

It’s like saying, “Every turkey has her Thanksgiving.”

It’s essentially about bad behavior being punished eventually, or “you reap what you sow” in English.

3. El que la hace, la paga — What goes around comes around

Literally: He who does it, pays for it

Corrupt politicians, scrupulous businessmen, greedy corporations, unfaithful partners—these are the types of people you might use this phrase to describe.

Like the previous expression, it underscores the strong belief in Spanish cultures that ultimately, justice will be served—through divine intervention or otherwise.

The evil you do to others will ultimately be your undoing.

4. A mal tiempo, buena cara — When life gives you lemons, make lemonade

Literally: To bad weather, good face

The expression talks about the attitude a person should have in the face of adversity.

It’s more than just “putting on a brave face” or “keeping a stiff upper lip.” It’s an attitude of hope and optimism because you can always change your attitude, even when you can’t change the environment.

5. Más ven cuatro ojos que dos — Two heads are better than one

Literally: Four eyes see more than two

The point of view, perspective or opinion of another person is vital if you want a complete understanding of a situation.

So rather than making a decision solo, enlist the help of others.

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A fresh pair of eyes can unveil options you haven’t considered before, resulting in an enriched understanding of any problem.

6. Dime con quién andas, y te diré quién eres — You are who you surround yourself with

Literally: Tell me who you walk with, and I’ll tell you who you are

You can know a person by the company they keep.

If you associate with the wrong crowd, you won’t only be judged poorly by others–but by osmosis, you will absorb the ways of your friends.

But if you find the right crowd, keep them close and never let them go.

For example, you don’t have to be alone when learning Spanish. Find partners, tutors, friendly native speakers and a community of like-minded individuals who—just like you—are improving their lives by learning a second language.

7. Dios los cría, y ellos se juntan — Birds of a feather flock together

Literally: God breeds them, and they flock together

People usually bond with others who they have things in common with.

But this phrase is often said disapprovingly to refer to people who share a negative characteristic (like a group of rowdy boys who got sent to the principal’s office).

And just as you don’t have to finish the whole English expression and can say “Birds of a feather…,” you can also say, “Dios los cría…”and the Spanish folks would know what you mean.

8. Donde hay confianza, da asco — Familiarity breeds contempt

Literally: Where there is familiarity, it’s disgusting

There are many perks of friendship.

You have a shoulder to cry on, a helping hand and a buddy to share good times with. But closeness can also bring drawbacks.

For example, your friend might not make a big deal about being late to a meetup with you because they know you’re going to wait for them, whereas they’d respect a stranger’s time.

9. Hoy por ti, mañana por mí — Scratch my back and I’ll scratch yours

Literally: Today for you, tomorrow for me

This expression is about reciprocity and the golden rule, but it’s actually more positive than “scratch my back and I’ll scratch yours” suggests.

Instead, the actions come from a sense of generosity. It’s like paying the bill at the restaurant and saying, “Let me get this one. You get the next one.

10. Desgraciado en el juego, afortunado en amores — Unlucky with wealth, lucky with love

Literally: Unlucky in the game, lucky in love

No one can have everything in life.

If you’ve found love, that’s already much to be thankful for. And if you’ve found great wealth, you’re better off than others. It’s often used to console someone who loses (or never finds) love or material wealth.

This saying could also go the other way: Afortunado en el juego, desgraciado en amores—which means being lucky in the game, but unlucky in love.

11. El amor es ciego — Love is blind

Literally: The love is blind

When you’re deep in love, it’s hard to recognize the shortcomings of your significant other.

You can use this phrase when warning your friend that they’re ignoring someone’s red flags because they have a big crush—or, a good friend might say it to you!

12. Obras son amores, que no buenas razones — Actions speak louder than words

Literally: Works are love, and not good reasons

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Spanish is a passionate language with many words to express love, such as querer (desire), encantar (bewitch) and aventura amorosa (affair).

Someone might’ve even said“te amo” or“te quiero”(I love you) to you.

But you’ve also heard the saying “love is a verb”—well, this is the Spanish equivalent. Someone can say they love you all they want, but if their actions don’t back up their claims, they mean nothing.

13. Mucho ruido y pocas nueces — All bark and no bite

Literally: Lots of noise and few nuts

This saying is used when someone is talking a big game but has next to nothing to show for it.

Think of politicians promising heaven and earth during the election campaign and doing nothing after winning. All talk and no action.

Think of an overhyped concert that falls flat or a highly anticipated movie that doesn’t deliver.

All these situations warrant the expression, Mucho ruido y pocas nueces.”

14. No es oro todo lo que reluce — Not everything that glitters is gold

Literally: It’s not gold everything that glitters

This saying encourages us to always see deeper into things—to look beyond the flashes and brilliance and into the real substance.

Things aren’t always what they seem, and an attitude of healthy skepticism may give us the ability to make sound decisions.

Of course, the opposite is also true. Just because something doesn’t glitter doesn’t mean it isn’t precious.

Things are not always what they seem to be. As such, this phrase can be positive or negative.

15. A caballo regalado, no le mires el diente — Don’t look a gift horse in the mouth

Literally: A gift horse, don’t look at the tooth

Caballo (horse) shows up in many Spanish sayings because horses were the main mode of transport until the 19th century. The number of horses someone owned also symbolized their wealth.

The saying originated from the practice in livestock markets where buyers look inside the mouth of a horse they’re interested in because the teeth and molars can reveal their health.

The expression is about gratitude—receiving gifts while appreciating the giver’s generosity instead of highlighting the gift’s imperfections and shortcomings.

16. Arrieros somos y en el camino nos encontraremos — What goes around, comes around

Literally: Mule drivers we are and on the path we will meet

When someone refuses to give someone else help, it’s likely that sometime in the future, they’ll need help but won’t receive it.

I’ve heard this expression used between work colleagues in a joking tone but with slight tension. It’s to let the other person know that their lack of help has created a “comeback” situation.

You may hear variations on the wordarrieros,which could be replaced by its diminutivearrieritos.

17. Más vale holgar, que mal trabajar — Better to do nothing than to do everything wrong

Literally: Better to stand idle than work badly

It’s better to stand around idle than work ineffectively—or better to do nothing than do everything wrong.

You can use this expression at work or to describe a situation in life where you don’t want to screw things up.

18. Lo que no se empieza, no se acaba — Put the pedal to the metal

Literally: What does not start will not end

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You have to get in there to get things done. The project won’t ever be finished if you don’t even start.

This could be used in situations where you’d say “put the pedal to the metal” in English to motivate someone to get going on their share of work.

Or, “you miss every shot you don’t take.”

19. No hay trabajo malo, lo malo es tener que trabajar — The job isn’t bad, working is

Literally: There is no bad job; the bad thing is having to work

In this case, the meaning is pretty straightforward.

When you’re tired and fed up at work, this is the perfect saying to put a grin on everyone’s face.

It also speaks to the importance of leisure in Spanish-speaking culture. I heard this one quite a few times while traveling through Mexico, and it’s my personal favorite.

20. Te quiero como la trucha al trucho — I love you like the female trout loves the male trout

Literally: I love you like the female trout does the male trout

This is a very common expression used between lovers that plays with Spanish masculine and feminine nouns: trucha(a female trout) and trucho(a male trout).

This cute love saying is used between couples during little, lovey-dovey moments like “Eskimo kisses.”

It can be employed by men or women and puts a smile on anyone’s face.

Alternatively—but on rarer occasions—it can be used with kids. For example, a mother or father might use this saying to express love to their young child.

21. Más rápido se coge al mentiroso que al cojo — The truth comes out sooner or later

Literally: You catch a liar faster than a limper

This phrase is the equivalent of “spit it out” or “sooner or later, all lies rise to the surface.”

For example, when you suspect that your partner is blatantly lying to your face, this expression is a call for them to be honest and tell you the truth because sooner or later, you will catch them.

You may use this expression when you already know someone has lied but are pretending that you don’t.

22. Más vale estar solo que mal acompañado — Better off alone than in bad company

Literally: It’s worth more being alone than in bad company

This is a very popular expression, and it’s used exactly the same as its English equivalent.

It’s mostly used to advise your friends who are interested in someone unworthy of their time or with a lot of red flags, like “it’s better to be alone than go out with that guy/girl.”

Or, you can use it to console a friend dealing with heartbreak by saying, “you’re better off alone/without him or her!”

23. Amar sin padecer, no puede ser — There’s no such thing as love without pain

Literally: To love without suffering is not possible

This phrase unlocks telenovela mentality: love is full of drama and suffering, and if it’s not, then it’s not real love.

This isn’t a judgment on the Spanish-speaking world’s views on love, but rather an observation of how the culture can view it. It’s more or less the equivalent of “Love is a b-word.”

Kind of harsh, I know.

Following heartbreak or deception, this saying perfectly describes how you feel (or can be employed to console a weeping friend).

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24. Al pan, pan, y al vino, vino — Call a spade a spade

Literally: Call the bread bread and the wine wine

Although this phrase contains food references, it means “talk straight to me” or “give it to me straight.”

This indicates the importance of food in Spanish, as many phrases that contain food vocabulary have nothing to do with food at all but are rather general attitudes, commands or opinions.

This phrase is commonly used among friends in Spain (particularly in Madrid).

It’s a call for someone to talk directly and truthfully and could be likened to the English expression “call a spade a spade.”

25. Con las manos en la masa — Caught red-handed

Literally: With your hands in the dough

Here’s another expression that employs food but has little to do with it.

Children often use this phrase to rat each other out, like saying, “I saw you with your hands in the cookie jar!” But it can be used in adult situations, too.

For example, if you catch someone cheating on a test, on a partner or even stealing something that’s not theirs, you bet they have their manos en la masa!

26. Después de comer, ni un sobre que leer — There’s nothing to do after eating but rest

Literally: After eating, not a single envelope is left to read

It’s difficult to translate this expression, but it basically means there’s not much left to do after eating than to rest.

This speaks volumes to the importance of rest (or, taking a siesta) after lunch or midday in Spanish-speaking culture.

This saying can be employed after a nice hearty lunch (the main meal of the day in Spanish-speaking countries) that you need a siesta to digest. It can also express your satisfaction with the meal and announce the transition to “wind down” for a nap.

27. Hacer un sinpa — Dine and dash

Literally: To do a no-pay

In the Spanish-speaking world, joking about dining and dashing can be offensive and rude.

I once remember an American friend telling me he used this saying to make a joke after finishing dinner with some Spanish-speaking friends.

Long story short, no one laughed and awkward grins shot up around the table. They thought he was serious because he was being ironic.

If you’re with close friends, this can be a joke…but know your crowd well.

Where to Find Authentic Spanish Sayings

Check out these resources to get your fill of awesome Spanish sayings:

  • “Vecinos” is a classic sitcom from Mexico that’s full of little sayings typically used in Mexico.
  • “Cien años de soledad”isa classic novel (for advanced learners) that displays South American speech and literary expressions.
  • “La ciudad y los perros” isanother South American classic that will help fill out your Spanish-language sayings vocabulary.
  • Spanish movies, blogs, songs and media. Besure to get your fill of Spanish movies, blogs, TV shows and anything else you enjoy.
  • FluentU. You could also use an online immersion platform like FluentU, which turns authentic Spanish videos—like music videos and movie trailers—into language lessons. While watching, you can spot new Spanish sayings and see a bunch of information about them (and any other word) with the interactive subtitles.

To go advanced, check out the official Cervantes website’s refranero (saying finder).

Pop in some of the sayings in this post to read about their origins, variations or even antonyms in Spanish. Since this is a multilingual phrase finder, you can look up sayings in 20 foreign languages.

Why Language Learners Should Study Spanish Sayings

  • Spanish sayings are a great way to learn vocabulary. They provide context for the words you’re trying to learn, since they come in phrases and not single words that are easy to forget.
  • Sayings teach you efficient grammar. Spanish sayings are perfect examples of how to create grammatically correct sentences with maximum impact.
  • Spanish sayings have a certain cadence and melodic quality. Sometimes they even rhyme. Sometimes they follow a certain structure, like when two things are juxtaposed. Take the phrase Hoy por ti, mañana por mí”for example.
  • You’ll be able to speak more naturally and bring a smile to native speakers’ faces. Suppose you don’t already have a friend to speak with in Spanish. In that case, you might want to look into a finding one on a language exchange app or getting an online tutor via italki.

So there you go—27 common Spanish sayings to enrich your knowledge of the Spanish language and culture.

Try incorporating them into your conversations, and you’ll sound like a native speaker in no time.

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¡Salud! It translates as “To your health!”, and it's a common toast in Latin languages.

What do Mexicans say when happy? ›

Me alegro

It means “I'm happy” or “I'm glad,” frequently used the way that English speakers would say, “I'm happy to hear that.” Me siento mucho mejor. (I feel so much better.) Bien, me alegro.

What is Spanish slang for OK? ›

Vale. This one is used so much it is barely even a slang word, but it is rarely used in South or Central America so is worth learning if you are used to Latin American Spanish. Spaniards use this interjection all the time to mean 'OK', 'fine' or 'good'.

What is a Spanish love called? ›

Amor. Amor directly translates to “Love” and is one of the most common nicknames for your partner. It is a pet name for many girlfriends and is a household norm in many loving relationships. Try saying “te amo, mi amor”, which means “I love you, my love!”.

What does mucho gusto? ›

Mucho Gusto

Pronounced: Moo-cho Goo-stow. This phrase means “nice to meet you.” It is obviously used when you're meeting someone for the first time.

What are the 10 examples of idioms? ›

Here are 10 of the most common idioms that are easy to use in daily conversation:
  • “Hit the hay.” “Sorry, guys, I have to hit the hay now!” ...
  • “Up in the air” ...
  • “Stabbed in the back” ...
  • “Takes two to tango” ...
  • “Kill two birds with one stone.” ...
  • “Piece of cake” ...
  • “Costs an arm and a leg” ...
  • “Break a leg”
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What are examples of phrases? ›

A phrase is a group of words that works together in a sentence but does not contain a subject or a verb. Often phrases are used for descriptions of people, things, or events. Examples: Filled with joy, the girl jumped up and down.

Where can I find idioms and phrases? ›

Here are six websites for learning idioms.
  • The Phrase Finder. This website has a large number of American idiomatic expressions not only with their meanings but also with their origins. ...
  • Vocabulary.co.il: Idioms and Slang. ...
  • The Free Dictionary: Idioms and Phrases. ...
  • Open English World. ...
  • The Idiom Connection. ...
  • Learn English Today.
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